Maybe it's time for new seat covers


Do you have any chairs with sad or stained fabric seat covers? You know, the kind of cushions that you can pop off with a few screws.

Well, I did. I had four dingy kitchen chairs that I had lugged to the last three homes. Each cushion sported a memorable stain.

My friend, Jane, was the first to fling a buttery lobster claw on the newly unwrapped seats. She had to eat on the front porch whenever she visited after that.

Then there where the countless hazelnut coffee dribbles from my sleepy morning slurps, and recently, a dirty Sasquatch-sized footprint made its way to the seat. Since I mostly live alone, this was particularly disturbing.

Rather than troll the aisles of the local fabric store, I love hitting the towel section for a cool covering. They are plush, comfy and look pretty stinkin' amazing covering a seat cushion.

A regular towel will cover two seats and they come in killer patterns like chevrons and Moroccan tile designs.

All you need is a sharp pair of scissors and a heavy-duty staple gun for the project. A little sneaky trick is to use the old seat cushion as the pattern outline for the new seat cover.

Another bonus, is if you are fresh out of the pool or shower, it's pretty convenient to plop down for a guilt-free sit.

Amy Archer

Amy Archer is owner of Sarasota-based Creating Inspired Design and writes the Barefooted Designer blog. She can be reached by email.
Last modified: December 3, 2015
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